Author has written 17 stories for Final Fantasy XI, and MASK.
Thank you for visiting my page! I'm glad you found me! Greetings from the mountains of beautiful Colorado!
Currently on my desk:
"Chosen" - M.A.S.K. - Doing a long piece (at eighteen chapters and 29,000 words and growing)--a monster story meshed with the struggle against VENOM, with a lot of "Beauty and the Beast" and a bit of "Robinson Crusoe" thrown in. It's got some great original characters (the monster and the little psychic girl) and some interesting interaction between the agents. It gets a bit moody and angsty at times, but there's also joy and humor in it as well. Julio Lopez gets some great screen time as well. For those of you who are following it, a few additional chapters have been added, so my original chapter numbering has shifted.
"The King of Diamonds" - M.A.S.K. & Patalliro! - My sister-in-law introduced me to this wacky old manga/anime series and I just loved the character of Patalliro, and his universe can believably mesh with MASK's. You Vanessa Warfield fans are going to love it. Bancoran fans may find him a bit OOC though.
"The Other Woman" - Wreck-It Ralph - 9000 words and the action mostly follows Sgt.Calhoun (sigh...two stories on the desk where the protagonist is named Calhoun :-P). There are two fantastic major original characters (but neither are of the Mary-Sue persuasion--far too many Mary-Sue stories in the WIR category) and some deliciously risque moments that will give the readers something to daydream about. And like most of my fanfics, there's a bit of an off-track comedy scene at the end.
Random thoughts: I've been tossing ideas around for bringing back Ali Bombay in a second posted fic, but haven't completed anything yet. Sure I loved him in Divinity, but I've been encouraged by several people to bring him out again. But...sigh...So little time--so much in my head! If only I didn't have a life, then I could just spend my days writing fanfics for y'all. I appreciate the comments and encouragement of my readers. It's often them that gets me turning a partial piece into something worth posting. Or they inspire me to write something completely new as a bit of fan-service.
If you have comments or suggestions or OMG's, please message me. If you don't want to miss anything I publish, you can "Subscribe" so that an email notification is sent to you whenever I post a new work. You are always able to mark me as a favorite author, or to mark individual fanfics as favorites. And I do take suggestions/requests, but I have to be inspired or intrigued for anything to come of them.
Regarding FFXI, some of the characters in my work are based upon friends I have and have lost in game. I've changed the names in all cases and often the incidents. But I have purposely avoided the "this is the story of my character and the people he/she hung out with" sort of fanfic. There are plenty of that style in this archive, both good and bad. I aim more toward the classic short-story format, with the focus on emotions, interactions, and plot. I do encourage you to explore the stories in this archive, and to write your own as well.
Regarding M.A.S.K., I loved the show way back when, and I still love it today, much to my surprise. Yes, it was a fairly stock half-hour action-toy commercial show, full of flaws, impossibilities, inconsistencies, and moments of "huh?," but it had some really fun concepts and characters that are a delight to play with in writing. As I was stumbling through a MASK message board, someone posted the question in regards to what would fans like to see if there was ever a third season of the show. A response came in from someone named "Hideyaface" that was as follows:
"again, YES. i'm tired of companies bringing back old properties and aiming them at kids, when the adults who grew up with them are where the money is. at the heart of it all, M.A.S.K. would make a killer "grown-up" action/drama, provided they fleshed out the characters more, and made the situations a little more "realistic" (they can still be outlandish, but like IIcon said, there should be consequences, flawed characters, more mature/adult plotlines and situations)"
My thought? Isn't this what fanfiction is for? It can take the stories and characters to places the writers never could.
I have a lot of partial MASK fics in my "sketchbook" right now in various stages of completion. Usually if I'm inspired I try to get down the ideas or the scene even if the story is incomplete at that point. You'd be amazed at some of the strangeness there...odd romantic pairings, unusual locations for missions, a bit of slash, a few interesting original characters, original uses for interesting canon characters...
Regarding fanfiction, I like well-told stories that fit in nicely with the canon. I read fanfiction because of my love of the characters and concepts from the original. But I can like original characters if they are believable and interesting and don't reek of Mary-Sue. There is a place for OC's, and I've created plenty of them. And yes it can be hard to create a character of my own gender and not put a lot of myself into her. My own defense to keep myself from the Mary-Sue route? Give the character flaws, different morals from my own, and different physical characteristics from my own (or those I'd want); and never, ever pair her up with the character I currently have a crush on.
As for AU stories, it's hit or miss. Sometimes the author can pull it off and it's a delight to read. Sometimes, it seems like the author took a random story set in another reality, switched the names, and tried to pass it off as an alternate universe fic.
I do like stories that use the lesser known or less popular characters from a canon. It's nice to have a bit more about them. I don't like a story with too many OC's that are intended as new characters to the canon. It's a fun thing to have a character off alone in a new setting meeting new people, but to fill up what would be the canon with all sorts of strangers is another. To me it's like: "who are all these guys and what are they doing at my party?"
And I like a technically well-written story. I happily forgive common or occasional mistakes, but if the author has no concept of paragraphs or punctuation, I quickly give up on reading it. There's always this groan if I open up a piece, and discover it's one giant block of text.
I think I wrote my first fanfics back in the mid-1980's...a friend of mine was crazy about this lead singer of a band she and I both loved (pre-teen crushes...gotta love 'em) and one day she showed me all these stories she had written about her and what's-his-face. They were all sorta backstage romances, and I thought I could do something much better. My story took place in Algeria, where I was an assassin out on a job and somehow ended up with this rockstar lost in the Sahara desert. No, I'm not telling who and hopefully nothing remains of this story besides the knowledge that once, long ago, I wrote it.
I remember a Legend of Zelda and some FFIII stories written in high school, but their text has probably been long lost to the annals of time. Later I wrote a lot of Pokemon Gen-1 & Gen-2 fanfiction (not posted to this site), and then set my fanfiction pen aside for a while, but picked it up again while playing FFXI. And recently, I've been rediscovering my love of the characters of the M.A.S.K. series and have been allowing myself to write-write-write!
My trademark in my writing...someone usually ends up out of his or her clothing (and usually not for sex). As creatures that spend most of our lives dressed, there's something that makes us feel very vulnerable without something to cover ourselves.
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